Suffolk bids see a peak of 1650gns at Carlisle fixture
By Jeremy Hunt
THE Santon and Sycamore Suffolk flocks saw bidding top 1650gns at Carlisle when respective owners Sandy Fraser and Fordington Farms offered just over 160 head.
Celebrating 40 years in the breed, Mrs Frasers Scunthorpe-based flock has won breed and inter-breed titles at the Royal Show and this year won the Bristol Gold Cup, the top award in the breed societys national flock competition.
The Fordington flock from Alford, Lincs was established in 1978 and traces its females back to Croxton ewes with further foundation additions from Barrons, Muiresk and Cressage.
It was a two-shear ewe by the 2600gns Muiresk Scott Free and out of a ewe by Parkhouse Jade that made the top price. The ewe, from Santon, was in-lamb to Cairness Ull Do and bought by J W Irving, Gretna, Dumfriesshire.
Jimmy Douglas added to his Cairness flock paying 1550gns for a ewe lamb from Fordington Farms. She is by Cairness Ull Do and out of a ewe by the successful 9000gns ram Muiresk 999.
A shearling gimmer from Santon, by Stockton Smooth Operator, realised 820gns to G Yewdale, Malton, Yorks while an equal bid from Co Antrim breeder D McCaughan bought another from Santon by the same ram. Both gimmers were in-lamb to Muiresk 999. (Harrison and Hetherington).